Amanda Dunsmore’s filmed portraits feature social actors who have transformed society, often filming them in locations of social-historic significance. The Irish LGBTQ+ activist, Senator David Norris portrait was filmed, as part of a 2012, older LGBTQ+ generation, year-long art project and commission. Senator Norris is a leading campaigner for gay rights, a humanist, a conservationist and academic. He is a renowned Joycean scholar and known as an animated and brilliant raconteur. Filmed in the attic of the James Joyce Centre, Dublin, the portrait is 20 mins. and silent. In this artwork Senator Norris sits composed, surrounded by books and the remnants of Joyce related activities. Senator David Norris Portrait, 20mins, 2012. Edition 1 of 3, housed in Galway City County Collection.
The older LGBTQ+ generation commission also led to the creation of 'Becoming Christine', an exhibition made in partnership with Christine Beynon. 'Becoming Christine' is a currently touring exhibition based on the lived experience of UK/Irish Transgender Activist Christine Beynon, comprising re-presented "selfies", sound installation and video portraiture. The "selfies" follow Christine's journey and transition over 12 years. These self-portraits range in tone from the painful, to the playful, from the mundane to the contemplative to the joyful. The immersive sound installation narrated artwork was a result of a collaborative partnership between the artist and Christine Beynon. Website: becoming-christine.com
The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the on-going violence in Northern Ireland. Its three founders were: Mairead Corrigan, (now Mairead Corrigan Maguire), Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. Over 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead and Betty, received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. The Peace People’s effective campaign for nonviolence saw the rate of violence in Northern Ireland during this period, as measured by number of fatalities, fall by 70%, and acted as a powerful catalyst for cross-community dialogue throughout the following decades. From 1977 on, much of the movement's work was below the media surface, in areas such as prisoner welfare, assisting people swept up in the conflict to leave paramilitary organisations, and holding confidential meetings with active combatants to encourage moves towards ceasefires. Extract Artist Essay KEEPER Publication, 2018.
Listen to the sound work 'A Vision of the Future Rooted in the Past', narrated by Ciaran McKeown premiered Keeper at Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane in 2018.